January 1, 2013, will be the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, when President Abraham Lincoln freed African and mixed race slaves of the Confederate States during the American Civil War. They were not just any nameless slaves, but they were loved ones with names such as Deck, Manda, Milly, Peter, America, and many others. (See slave birth records).
Not only did President Lincoln free them from their bondage, but he also gave them the right to defend themselves, and enter the military, in the Union Army. After President Lincoln authorized the formation of the United States Colored Troops, many of the Freedmen enlisted in both the Army and Navy to fight and serve this divided country.
In honor of this historic day, as well as the entire year, all descendants of Freedmen should unite to honor, thank, and celebrate their ancestors, as well as one another’s accomplishments. This site is just for that purpose! Here you will find various materials, links to resources, and genealogy research tools to help you learn more about the Freedmen, their families, and your family! Discover or re-examine exceptional African Americans whose accomplishments include many firsts, such as building towns, inventions, politics, entertainment, church history, and much more.
This site is also to help African Americans and others learn about their ancestors, and how they contributed to the growth of the United States. Many will uncover the truth about their family's place in history, and their historical impact on the economies in America and abroad - before and after the Emancipation! This knowledge will enable discussions in your homes, communities, family reunions, and churches. There is also a page for your children to become involved!
In anticipation of this wonderful celebration, African Americans in every city and/or county should contact their community leaders to become a part of this historic project. There are numerous ways to incorporate ideas like music and theatre, film, recitals, dance, and other skills and talents to encourage cities and towns to prepare for these inspiring events.
Feel free to come often to this site for updated information. Groups and/or individuals can contact us to link to this project.
On January 1, 2013, we invite all nations in this country and abroad to join us as we celebrate and honor our ancestors, and each other so that we may truly begin a Happy and Prosperous New Year together, as we celebrate the entire year of 2013!
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